Do we have a right to a healthy environment?

Do we have a right to a healthy environment?

The Council of Europe is holding a conference to examine environmental change from a human rights perspective

Representatives from the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe meet in Strasbourg on 27 February to consider whether it's a human right for people to live in an clean environment. Climate change is resulting in increasingly hot and wet environments which are pose huge problems to human health. Should we have access to what's called environmental justice and are there such things as 'ecological human rghts'? 

In response to the threats to climate and biodiversity, the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is holding a summit in Strasbourg on the protection of the environment from a human rights perspective.
 
The conference aims to examine the potential of the Council of Europe’s work in the human rights field for tackling the environmental emergency and identifying ways of helping European governments combat the challenges posed by man-made climate change.
 
Discussion will be based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other instruments, such as the Bern Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats, as well as an academic report which reviews the body of standards produced by the Council of Europe and makes recommendations on 'ecological human rights'and 'access to environmental  justice', among other issues.
 
Levan Davitashvili,Georgia's Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture will open the debate, along with Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
 
The other speakers include Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of the European Court of Human Rights, together with Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, and Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, who will both speak about the role of elected representatives and civil society.
 
Laurent Fabius, President of France’s Constitutional Council, will also speak on these questions.
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